Hemingway's Cuba

4.3
1359 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Recognized as the best Cuban food in the state of North Carolina by Big 7 Travel, come savor our savory Cuban dinner menu in Asheville, North Carolina. We pair traditional Cuban cuisine with Asheville flair to deliver an experience that keeps you coming back for more. Paired with the stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Hemingway's Cuba is a favorite Asheville restaurant and rooftop bar for visitors and locals alike.

Hemingway’s Cuba represents more than a restaurant. It’s a culmination of a lifetime goal to share an authentic Cuban restaurant experience with the people of Asheville. Havana native and Founder of Hemingway’s Cuba, Tony Fraga, grew up enjoying exquisite meals with his father at La Floridita in Havana. The restaurant was not only known to be a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, it earned the honor of serving “The Best Daiquiri in the World,” according to Hemingway himself.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We waited a while after our reservation time to get seated but they were nice about explaining. Didn’t get the table we wanted to celebrate our anniversary. Table was fine. Rooftop was a good experience. Food was good but not hot. Service was okay but our waiter was very busy with table. The drinks were very good. Churros a must.

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Lavinia
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view from the terrace is spectacular. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. The food is typically Cuban food - nothing haute cuisine, but perfect with a cocktail and a sunset.

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ChristaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing, but the service was less than desirable.

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vipRonS
Jacksonville
74 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ambiance of an airport restaurant. Limited menu, but good food. Service friendly.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I have been a customer in your restaurant since it opened and as usual everything was good. The service was slow but I chalked it too maybe not having enough workers. But yes good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Our son is visiting from Portland.

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ASW1
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve eaten here a few times but this time was disappointing. Appetizers were not hot and wrong (chix instead of beef)
Returned my main course because it wasn’t hot. Wife had shrimp that were too spicy.
Others had main dishes that were also warm not hot. Obvious kitchen problems!

Disappointing.

JA
vipJuliaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, and our server was wonderful. We'll definitely be back!

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Local
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to take visiting friends. Good food and service with a special view of the mountains.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Great cocktails and delicious food.

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Chas
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service, not the atmosphere you would expect from a Cuban restaurant. Only other negative is a broken espresso machine in a Cuban restaurant should be illegal. Good overall, maybe not worth price.

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miaa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was not good. We had the ceviche and the tomatoes were not fresh ie the outer skin was wilted and the avocado was extremely mushy. The chicken dish had a chicken breast that was very thin and crunchy rice…..for $27 the breast should have been larger. The outdoor patio was nice but did not negate the poor meal.

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KelseyR
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We always enjoy Hemingway's but this time was a little chaotic. It started pouring and we had requested to be outside. We have sat through a storm outside before and it was fine. This time the roof outside seemed to be pointless. It's time to replace the awning. Moss tents are a great option for outdoor shade and water protection. We were moved inside and moved to four different spots once inside. Our server Aravlo? Was super kind and helpful but the whole experience was crazy due to the freak rainstorm. It's time for a new cover outside

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AVLfoodlover
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be sure to make dinner reservations as sometimes you can’t get in without one. They have an attached parking garage with valet parking which solves the difficult to find street parking in Asheville. Hemingway’s is on the 4th floor of the hotel. We enjoyed cocktails outdoors on the patio overlooking the city with a great view of the mountains. Went inside for dinner. Delicious pork chunks with garlic, onion and lime. Plus Congri = black beans and rice. Sweet fried plantains are perfect. We like their authentic Cuban sandwiches so much we got 2 to go. Service was great and the food is too.

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vipRandallH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate delicious food outdoors on the rooftop. The view and service were wonderful.

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vipBLee
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waiter!
Food distinguished but menu limited — what happened to your Short Rib, as it was the best selection until you eliminated it??!!!

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katltodd
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Everything we ordered was delicious. And make sure you try the churros!

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LeighB
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not very impressed by this place. We ended up there after a few others were full, but the menu looked promising because we live tapas. Unfortunately, the food was only okay, and the waitress who served us could only be described as disinterested. Not friendly, couldn’t answer questions about the menu but didn’t offer to ask, and just seemed to want us to go at the end. There are just too many other really good restaurants in Asheville…

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MaryT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We visited on a Monday evening with reservations. The noise level was extremely high so be warned. The view from the porch is exceptional and all of the staff are exceptionally nice and hard working.

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JessM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic! I would definitely recommend and go to again when in Asheville!

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Harry
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff, service and food were all excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. Noise level was extremely high. I will not be back.

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ConnieS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff! Great atmosphere on the rooftop!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere and see ice - bug could not enjoy the outdoor dining due to storms approaching. Overall wonderful!

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CathyZ
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a bunch of appetizers to share with a table of 4, fun experience and great way to try out the food. Only problem was it was a raining so bar was full and very loud inside. Bar is in same area as dining room.

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KathyK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was average, service average absolutely nothing special about this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing second time reserving at this restaurant!

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the

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vipRAFE
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Ian was a great server. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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FoodloverfromGSP1
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday drinks and dessert!

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The pork entree was awful. The manager came over and we told him this and he said, "OK."

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CrystalH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE dining here! Excellent food and the outside area is fantastic. We always dine outside so we can take in the views. The food is wonderful and so are the drinks! Hemingways Daiquiri is a must have! Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our kids came into town

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vipPenny
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

For Cuban food, it’s fine. The Cuban was average but certainly would order again if I was there. The vaca was spiced well the yuca fries were fine but I would suggest an additional sauce.

Service was friendly but not very knowledgeable. Cocktails were too sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took 90 minutes to get our food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very poor experience for my wife’s birthday. It took 1.5 hours to get our food. We only got help after calling the manager. The waiter forgot part of the order and didn’t bring silverware. He seemed lost and disconnected. I got up at least 5 times to ask for something or eventually just got it myself. Lovely view but I strongly recommend against this restaurant. I could go on and on about the comedy of errors at Hemingway’s but we have already given too much of my evening to this place.

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David46
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The masas de cerdo fritas and ropa viejo were good but not outstanding. The camarones ajilo small plate and flan dessert were outstanding. This restaurant's saving grace is the view. The interior is devoid of any charm or effort to create the feel of being in Havana, except for one wall which references the Floridita bar favored by Hemingway. The interior has the charm of McDonald's down to the plastic-topped tables. Noise levels in the restaurant were painful especially after some patrons had several drinks, even though mixed drinks are very expensive (ask price before ordering). Piped in music should be something like Buena Visit Social Club rather than the mechanical din that was playing.
The wait staff seemed to enjoy dumping and breaking beer bottles into receptacles near diners. Service is very slow. It is good that the restaurant pays its wait staff a living wage, but the incentive to provide good service for tips has been lost. If I return to this restaurant, I will have a coffee and dessert on the patio.